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Q: Should I expect pain after my foot or ankle surgery?

A: Pain after foot and ankle surgery is normal. Local anesthetics like novacaine are generally used during your surgery to reduce immediate pain. You will also be given pain medications to control post-operative pain. It is important to begin these medications even when pain is mild to reduce overall discomfort. These stronger medications are generally needed for the first 48-72 hours after surgery. Most of these pain medications are narcotics and do carry addiction potential if used inappropriately. Follow your doctor's instructions on the right way to take these medications.

Q: Other than pain pills, how else can I control my pain?

A: Icing and foot/ankle elevation are important post-operatively. Keep your foot or ankle elevated above your heart regularly and try to ice the involved limb 20 minutes out of every hour. Check with your surgeon before adjusting your bandages. These recommendations will improve the level of swelling in your foot which reduces pain.

Q: Is nausea and vomiting normal after surgery?

A: Pain medications and some forms of anesthesia can cause nausea and/or vomiting after surgery. These symptoms often resolve within 24 hours after your surgical date. If symptoms persist, please contact our office and your surgeon may prescribe a medication to help with these symptoms.

Q: What should I do if I see blood on my bandage?

A: Monitor the bleeding to this area. A significant amount of bleeding may require you to add more gauze to the existing bandage in this area. Do not remove the initial bandage as this is a sterile dressing that keeps your surgical site clean. Continue to ice and elevate the foot and call our office if bleeding is not controllable.

Q: How do I know if my foot is infected after surgery?

A: Generally wound or surgical infections occur more than 3 days after surgery. If you are experiencing uncontrollable pain, fevers, chills, or notice increased redness or thick drainage from the surgical area, please contact our office or on-call doctor immediately.

Q: What are signs or symptoms of a blood clot?

A: If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact our office or go to the closest emergency room promptly: sharp and piercing calf pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, clammy skin, rapid breathing, or heartbeat, dizziness, anxiety.

Q: What should I do if I have a fever after surgery?

A: You should monitor your temperature regularly after surgery. A low grade fever is NOT abnormal. If your temperature persists or is over 101 degrees F please contact our office.

Q: How much weight or pressure can I put on my foot after surgery?

A: Your weight-bearing status after surgery depends on the type of procedure that was performed. Generally, if you were told to use crutches or a walker after surgery, there should be very little if any pressure placed on your foot during walking. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on when and how much weight you may place on your foot. Remember, you can NEVER go wrong minimizing the walking pressure on your foot if you are unsure.

Q:How do I shower or bathe after surgery?

A: It is important to keep your surgical bandage dry after surgery while the incision heals. Options to keep this area dry include sponge bathing, cast bags, or layered plastic bags around the area. If you get your bandage damp you may use a hairdryer on a low, cool setting to blow the area dry. If the bandage is saturated your surgeon will need to change the bandage.

Q: Can I drive after surgery?

A: These instructions will be given by your surgeon depending on your procedure and which foot is involved. Generally, you cannot drive until walking on the involved foot is pain-free. Introduce driving to your foot gradually and a practice session in an empty & open area may be beneficial.

Q: What should I do if I am having problems after surgery and the office is closed?

A: Contact our on-call service at 1-866-842-2210. The doctor on call will call you back to answer your questions.


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Harrisburg, PA 17112

Podiatrist - Harrisburg, Keystone Podiatric Medical Associates, 6100 Old Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg PA, 17112 717-541-0988